Women's Committee

Women's Committee logoOur Mission and Vision

The Women's Committee promotes and educates on all issues affecting women members, encourages women to participate more fully in union activities, and advocates and assists women in SGEU in achieving and maintaining their rights.

Many issues continue to impact and affect women, including wage discrimination, sexual harassment and violence, as well as the childcare crisis.

The Women's Committee shall*:

  • Promote and educate on all issues affecting women members in their union, work, home and community lives.
  • Encourage women to participate more fully in union activities.
  • Liaise with other women's organizations locally, to offer necessary assistance to them and to promote women's trade union issues in those organizations.
  • Provide advocacy and assistance to women in SGEU, in achieving and maintaining their rights.
  • Send the chair or designate from the SGEU Women's Committee to the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) Women's Committee meetings. This member is required to report back, this should be reflected in the meeting minutes.

*As outlined in the Article 6.10.15 in the SGEU Constitution

Women's Committee Members

Our membership is comprised of an elected member from each SGEU sector, as well as an elected member from the Human Rights and Equity (HR/E) standing committee.

Committee Members Alternate Members Sector
Tanya Turner - Chair Lisa Courtoreille (Pedersen) Education
Theresa Evans - Vice-chair Kristan Torrance Health
Irina Fainshtein Lynne Guick Community Services
Jackie Currah Janna Horn Crown
Muna De Ciman Cindy Carbno Public Service
Sherry Sproule Lindsay Bouvier Retail & Regulatory
 Vacant Tamara Bailey  Human Rights & Equity


Bread & Roses Awards

Know a woman who is making a difference in our union? Nominate her for a 2023 Bread and Roses Award! This year our nomination form is available online. Click here to fill out the nomination form.

Bread and Roses Past Winners

Women Taking Action Online Workshop Series

Early in 2021 due to the pandemic, all our regular events were cancelled. The pressure on everyone was intense. To provide members a way of connecting, encourage learning, promoting self-care and sharing resources – we developed an online series of events called Women Taking Action. These 90-minute free events are available to everyone.

Silent Witness Project

Saskatchewan has one of the highest rates of spousal homicides among Canadian provinces - 8.4 spouses per million are killed in Saskatchewan each year compared to the national average of 4.8 per million.

For the SGEU Silent Witness project the silhouettes are a symbolic representation of women killed by partners. Red silhouettes were created without faces to draw attention to those women who are no longer with us and stand in silence waiting to be recognized.

This project was created to promote action by profiling local resources that support women coping with violence in their lives and encouraging community and government action with the focus to end all forms of violence in society.

Intent is to bring attention to a serious concern by taking it from the shadows and bringing it to the forefront.

The silhouettes may be available for your event in Saskatchewan. Please contact womenscommittee@sgeu.org to discuss.

The Canadian guide for the project is maintained in Nova Scotia and is available here: http://www.silentwitness.ca/uploads/pdf/canadian-guide-e.pdf

If you are experiencing domestic violence or are concerned about your safety, call 211 for information about safe shelters in your community or visit the PATHS website for agencies’ contact information. https://pathssk.org/get-help-now/

Annual Sponsorship

Annually based on the calendar year, the Women’s Committee selects a Saskatchewan not-for-profit that supports women and/or women’s issues to be the recipient of fundraising efforts.

Our 2022 fundraising recipient is the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan (AFCS) with funds earmarked for Honouring Her Spark project. This project focuses on improving the economic landscape for Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals while empowering our sacred people through the first Indigenous Women’s Economic Framework in Canada. Learn more about the Honouring Her Spark initiative.

Past fundraising recipients have included various YWCAs (2021), Yorkton Shelwin House (2020), Moose Jaw Transition House (2019), Regina Food Bank (2018), Prince Albert Transition House (2017), Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services (2016).

Want to get more involved in Women’s Committee activities?

The Women’s Committee participates, hosts or sponsors a number of annual activities. As an SGEU member, your participation is encouraged! If you have an event supporting women’s issues in your Saskatchewan community, let us know!

Email us at womenscommittee@sgeu.org to become involved or share info with us.